St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and Phoenix will be celebrating this year at the 31st Annual Parade and Faire. Mark your calendars for this fun event happening on Saturday, March 15, 2014 starting at 10:00 am. Bring a chair and come early to get a good spot.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 am
WHERE: Parade route is 3rd Street at Sheridan south to Moreland Street
The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a tradition since 1984. It aims to preserve and share Irish culture and traditions in Arizona. The 2014 theme is “Arizona Irish: Honor Our Heroes.” The parade will feature Irish step dancers, bagpipers, marching bands, floats, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, the 2014 Arizona Irish Colleen / Arizona Rose with her Court, and much more. This year’s Grand Marshall is Ron Hoon, morning anchorman on Fox 10. The Irish Persons of the Year are Emerald Policeman Matt Shay and Emerald Firefighter John McMorrow.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FAIRE
WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014 immediately following the parade to 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park, 1106 N. Central Avenue
PARKING: Free parking in the garage at 1850 N. Central Ave.
SHUTTLE: Free shuttle from 1850 N. Central Ave. to the Faire
COST*: $10.00 ages 13+, FREE for ages 12 and under
Food donations benefiting St. Vincent de Paul will be collected at the faire entrance. Make a food donation and receive a raffle ticket for hourly drawings of $100 prizes. *Buy tickets online early and get 50% off!
The St. Patrick’s Day Faire will have lots of fun for the whole family including:
- 3 stages featuring Irish music and dancers
- Kids Area
- Food and beverages
- Anam Cara (Soul Friend) exhibition at the McClelland Library
If you want to make your little leprechaun a cute hat to wear before heading to the parade and faire, checkout this easy tutorial. As for me, I don’t need to make a hat. I’ll be (one of many) wearing a bright green wig I purchased from Target. See you there!